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EDGEF?ELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 1918
Death of W. L. Coleman. The
Red Cross Chapter Active.
Measles Prevalent. VV.
C. T. U. Meet.
In the death of Mr. William Lee
Coleman, which occurred last Tues
day, March 12, at his home here,
the town and community have sus
tained an irreparable loss, and when
it was learned that he was no more,
a pall of gloom hovered over all.
As one of his warm friends said,
as he looked for a last time on his
face: "It will not be Johnston any
more without him."
It was not so generally known
that Mr. Coleman's health was such
as to cause him alarm. He was one
never to complain.
On Monday, the 11th, he went to
Columbia for a consultation at the
Baptist Hospital, returning that
On Tuesday morning he was out
attending to some business, and
later came in, and after sitting a
few moments with his wife was
seized with a sudden attach, and
lived only three hours, the immedi
ate cause of his death being dia
Mr. Coleman was one of the
senior citizens of the town, and he
has meant much in its uplift. .
The public has lost a man of un
blemished and coble character; a
man of marked abilities; his friends
have lost one true and tried; as a
neighbor he had no equal.
In the home, where he meant so
much, there was never a husband
or father so loving, so gentle, so
devoted and faithful.
Especially to his invalid wif3 did
this beautiful love and faithfulness
He was a noble, Christian man,
and the Baptist church here has sus
tained a great loss ' his death. He
has ?Iways been a great mainstay,
and in the early days of the church
he was then, as well as now, work
ing for its cause.
For over twenty-five years be has
been a teacher in the Sunday school,
and the sweetest tie of love existed
between teacher and pupil, and the
influence for good that he has ex
erted, as he has stood Sunday after
Sunday before this class, cannot be
estimated. And so the good that
men 3o live after them.
He was moderator of the Ridge
association, and it has been said
that there was no finer one in the
State. It is at these meetings that
he will be sadly missed also.
That he loved his Lord and the
church, and evei had it uppermost
in his thoughts, was shown b3' his
weekly church offering envelope,
being found in his pocket, filled and
ready, several days before he was to
It is not the penned words that
show to the public the greatness and
nobleness of this man; his life is his
most eloquent eulogy.
The loving tribute by his pastor,
Rev. W. S. Brooke, as he conducted
the last sad rites in the home on
Thursday morning, the touching
prayer of Rev. H. B. White, the
great crowd of friends who came to
pay a last respect, all showed the
love and esteem in which he was
held. The members of his Sunday
school class softly sang the hymns,
and the active pall bearers were of
his class, the honorary pall bearers
being warm friends.
Many expressions of sympathy
came from friends and organizations,
the one placed on the casket bein?
the large pillow of flowers from his
Sunday school class.
Amid this wealth of flowers his
body was tenderly placed to rest
nearby his beloved children, Marie
and Ware, and his parents, Maj.
add Mrs. Wilkes Coleman.
The deepest and tenderest sympa
thy is felt for the wife, in her grief,
and for the daughter and son, Mrs.
Bar tow Walsh and Mr. Garland
The Red Cross chapter has been
actively engaged during the past
week, and abont fifty pajamas and
shirts are ready to send on.
The Red Cross days are Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays, other or
ganizations taking other days to
The L". D. C. members selected
second Thursday, the D. A. R. the
third Thursday, and Y. W. A. of
the Baptist church the first Sunday.
Some of the members take the
work home to do, while others use 1
the machines at the rooms. The
is Still, and will be, plenty to do
all times, and every one is urged
come to the place where the lan
Red Cross hangs and help, if it
only for an hour. Many of tl
ladies are doing praise-worthy wor
One of the members, Mrs. Mam
Huiet, has set for her work, besidi
all sho is doing in the Red Croi
rooms, that of knitting fifty pairs (
sox. If every one was so dispose
the soldiers would have no nee
During this week the Red Cro?
will have a campaign for secon<
hand clothing for over-seas relie
and a special committee will g
over the town to get the gifts, whic
will be packed at the Red Crot
This campaign is being' nndei
taken at the request of the Belgiui
relief committee, which dec?an
that the well-to-do people of Frauce
as well as Belgium, are in need c
actual necessities, and the poor a?
If money were no consideratior
it would be difficult to provide suffi
cient clothing on account of scarcit
of raw material.
The local committee hopes tha
every one will make a contribution
and if they fail to see the commit
tee, to send io the Red Cross room
by the 25th.
On last Sunday at the Baptis
church it was the sad duty of Clas
18, which was taught by Mr. W
L. Coleman, to have to elect ;
teacher, the matter being left en
tirely with the members. Two o
the class were chosen, Mr. Abne
Asbell, with Mr. V. E. Edwards a
Mrs. Julian Harris and childrei
of Derring, Ga., spent a few day
of last week with the former'
mother, Mrs. P. NT. Lott.
Mr. Robert Keaney of Camp Se
vier spent the week-end here wit!
the home folks.
Mrs. VV. J. Hatcher has returnee
from a week's stay in Aiken witt
Mrs. T. R. Denny and while there
she .was jinder. special, treatment bj
au Osteopath. Mrs. Denny and Mis'f
Antoinette accompanied her here
for a few days stay.
Mrs. George of Aiken is visitinj
her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Wood
That measles has been very preva
lent is shown by a statement of Dr.
G. W. Walker to tho efiect thal
during the past week he was attend
ing upon 12? cases in town and oui
in the country nearby.
Col. Robert Levell of Newberry
was a visitor last week Bin the home
of Mr. Joe Wright.
Master Gadsden Huiet is spending
awhile with his grandmother, Mrs.
M. A. Huiet. The little fellow's
mother is with her sister in Colum
bia, who is ill.
Little George Huiet Waters, Jr.,
is the name of the handsome little
fellow, who has come to gladden the
lives of the parents.
The W. C. T. U. met Friday af
ternoon with Miss Zena Payne. The
members .."'?re delighted upon hear
ing a letter read from state treas
urer, Mrs. Robertson, of Columbia,
who thanked the union for a con
tribution of *5 for the Field Kitch
en fund, and sbe stated that this
union had also been first in the other
contributions. The union voted to
give 85 to the stereomotorscope
fund and *2 to the Lillian M. JST.
10 comfort kits were being filled
by the members and 10 more are
being cut out for distribution the
idea being for each member to fill
one, the kit being furnished by the
union. About 25 bandages have
been made. Some time ago a fine
box was sent to the Door of Hope
and friends have recently made con
tributions to tho amount of ?0.25
which makes the gift in money and
articles reach 850. Miss Finnstrom
wrote a very appreciative letter. A
red letter day of the month being
Mrs. Lillian M. N. Stevens birth
day, this was observed at this meet
ing. The Lunion Signal was present
ed and subscriptions secured. The
flower mission work has brought
comfort and good cheer during the
The matter of the temperance es
say contests in the school was dis
cussed and there will be several to
compete. The next meeting will be
with Miss Eva Rushton.
It is with deep regret that it is
learned that Rev. M. L, Kester has
resigned as pastor of the Lutheran
church. He has accepted a call to a
Do not fail to attend the Pa
ure!ay. Besides several patrio
will also be present and make ii
Exercises begin at ll :00 o'cl
church in North Carolina, which is
only a few miles from the home of
his father. Rev. Rester's father is
in a feeble condition and he feels it
best to be near him and then tbs
field of work he will enter will be a
fine one where such a man as he is
needed. During his stay of several
years here he has made a splendid
record, and his congregation is de
voted r,o him and his family.
Not only his flock but the entire
town admired him for his good
works and for the noble spirit that
he always manifested in all en
Mrs. S. G. Mobley has been quite
sick for a week or more but is now
Mrs. A. P. Lewis went over to
Columbia on Friday to see her son,
Sergeant Ben j. Lewis.
Messrs. H. W. Crouch, Bob
Smith and county supervisor New
ton Broadwater went to Asheville,
N. C., to attend a meeting of which
"Good roads" was the chief ques
tion up for discussion.
The Apollo music club met re
cently with Miss Irene Montgomery
in the home of Mrs. J. A. Lott, and
the chief item of interest was the
report of the entertainment com
mittee of the recent affair held, and
the disposition of the funds realized.
One hundred and four dollars was
cleared, and as the entertainment
was chiefly for Red Cross work,
?85.00 ,was given to this cause,
?50.00 pf the amount to be used in
the chapter here for surgical dress
ing and ?35.00 for. genera^^wprk^
For educational work ?5.00 was
given to the Coker College in ~nsic,
and ?2.50 to Winthrop scholarship.
Thc. club has recently contributed
?12.50 to community work and
?5.00 to Armenian sufferers, and
the members are gratified that they
have been able to aid in these
The subject for the afternoou
was "Singing and Singers of the
The hostess served a tempting ice
course with cake.
Mrs. W. B. Ouizs entertained a
number of her friends last Saturday
in a delightful manner, and every
one had a cordial welcome to this
hospitable home. Early spring blos
soms made a pleasing decoration,
and thoughts of Easter were found
on the dainty little table markers
for progressive rook.
After an hour of playing, Mrs.
W. F. Scott was given a beautiful
primrose for makiug the highest
The hostess was assisted by
Misses Orlena Cartledge and May
Tompkins in entertaining the guests,
and Mrs. G. D. Walker gave enjoy
able piano selections.
Strawberry block cream and layer
cake in pink and white was prettily
Mr. William Lee Coleman.
The sudden death of Mr. William
L. Coleman at Johnston Tuesday
morning. March 12, at his borne in
Johnston was a great shock to his
friends. While his friends here at
Edgefield knew that his health had
been failing for nearly a year, yet
no one expected death to overtake
Mr. Coleman in so short a time.
Johnston will feel very keenly from
every standpoint, social, business
and religious, the death of Mr.
Coleman. He was born and reared
in Johnston and was loyal and true
to the community's interests. He
was regarded as one of the leaders,
being: not only .one of the town's
oldest but also one of its moat in
telligent citiz?ns. Mr. Coleman was a
devout member of the Baptist
.church and his piace in the life and
activities of the church will not
be easily filled. The funeral was
conducted Wednesday and the in
terment took place in the family
square in the cemetery. A number
of his friends attended the funeral
, from Edgefield.
y at Edgefield
triotic Rally at Edgefield Sat
tic addresses, a French officer
lock in the Court House.
Marion Wright at Harmony.
Those who had the pleasure of
attending the lecture at Harmony
OD Friday evening were highly grat
ified and very proud of this young
son of Edgefield who is already
making fame for himself and his
native county by his oratory, as
well as other gifts.
The exercises on Friday evening
were conducted by Prof. Long, the
school furnishing a very bright and
cheering preliminary programme,
first being a duett by Misses Gladys
Sawyer, teacher of music and Daisy
Smith. This was followed by a
piano solo by Miss Lizzie Wright,
and just before the speaker was in
troduced, John Owen Smith sang
"Keep the Homes Fires Burning,"
a very appropriate selection for the
Mr. Wright was introduced by
Prof. Long, who had been his teach
er before he left for the University
of South Carolina, and who remark
ed on th8 pleasant relationship of
teacher and student in the pasi.
Mr.ijjWright's subject was "By
Products of the War."- He drew
some very valuable lessons from the
present situation, and made it so
manifest that every child even lis
tened intently. ,
The audience was large and the
school auditorium well lighted, and
it was a ;great pleasure to mingle
with the kind friends at Harmony
and see their eplendid community
spirit displayed, and look forward
to a great future for the boys and
girls represented theie.
Woodrow Wilson and the People
Had a Majority.
Congressman Whaley'a ? friends
were pleased when they saw that he
was in a position to emphatically
give the lie to a report that he bad 1
voted against President Wilson's
program for the investigation of the 1
meat trust, and the high cost of liv
The patriotic people of this coun- 1
try are agreed with the sentiment 1
which has been recently expressed
from Washington that no one who
has fought the administration meas
ures, and is not in full and hearty 1
sympathy in every respect with our
government, and against the rule of
autocracy and the Kaiser, should be
returned to congress from this
There is no doubt but that Presi
dent Wilson is one of the wisest
and far-seeing men who has ever
held the high and exalted position
of President of the United States.
He has never exhibited his wisdom
better than when he called upon
congress to investigate the meat
trust-a monopoly which covers the :
earth like the morning dew, having
its emissaries in every part of the
Mr. Borland, a democrat of Mis
souri, President Wilson's right
hand man, proposed to congress a <
resolution for the investigation ot :
the meat trust in the people's behalf, i
and the discussion of his resolution :
brought forth some blood-curdling i
facts, and the debates lasted nearly
three weeks on this important ques
tion. There was no denial of state- i
ments made in congress during the
debate that the lobbyist attorneys
and heelers for this great trust were
there working to have this investi- i
Mr. Toole was certainly digging
down into matters for the benefit of
the people of our country, when he
called on our Congressman Byrnes (
and challenged him to debate many ,
questions, among which was, why
he voted against, the President and :
this investigation." '
The Congressional* Record of ,
February 28, 1917, shows that the ,
bill was passed by a vote of 247 to l
158, and that the following well ,
known congressmen voted in favor
of the President's wishes for this .
Aiken, Lever, Nichols, Whaley
(the blind man from the Third Dis
trict), McCorkle, Adamson of Geor-1
tria, Abercrombie, Borland, Coll
Cox, Crisp of Georcia, Davis, D
little, Edwards, Evans, Merlin
Alabama, Hilliard, Gardner of M
sachusetts, who has just died in
army, and is well known in Aik
Holland, Howard of Geors
Kitchen from North Carolina, P
srett, Quinn, Racker of Georg
Scott, Smith, Stedman and ollie
Those who voted in favor of t
trust against President's wish
J. F. Byrnes, Joe Cannon (
republican speaker of the hous
LaFol lette, Baebrack, Barchtie
Drukker, Lelbach, Lessher, Lint
ium, Lobeck, Mann (republic
leader of the house), Steeners(
Sulloway, Wason, Volstead a
The great Chicago lawyer, Hem
aas immortalized himself by unc<
;ring the underhanded methods
:he meat trust under this investis
:ion, which was passed by the m
?ority vote as above stated. B
nvestigation has shown that Cud
ly & Co. wrote to the other me
i>ers of the trust as follows:
"The Government will be usii
;very bit of meat possible and tl
tackers can charge what they wa
o. They have got to take it an,
He also brought out where th
Irust had appropriated a half m
lion dollars to fight organized labo
Jne letter hinted that assistant
tvr -.ild be given to stop Congressing
Doolittle's mouth, and help re-ele
bira if he would let their businei
ilone, but the above vote shows th;
tie pursued them to the en<
The public awaits in breathless s
lenee as to what thi? investigado
will probably bring out bt-fore tl
work is completed. The vote c
this, question clearly shows tl
friends of the people and who it
who upholds the President's, hand:
(Adv.) An Observer.
Letters Concerning Dixie
MarctflO, 19 li
Mr. R. N. Broadwater,
Edgefield, S. C.
As a progressive citizen of Sont
Uarolina, which fact is demonstrate
by your interest and intelliger
efforts in securing the Dixie Higl
way for our respective counties, th
Board of Commerce of Angust?
Ga., extends to you all the count
sies of this organization for the eui
rent year. We would be very glai
indeed to have you call upon u
whenever we can serve you, or th
Erood cause you represent.
H. A. Wheeling,
Asheville, N. C.,
March lt), 1918
Mr. R. N. Broadwater,
Edgefield, S. C.
Mr. H. W. Crouch,
Johnston, S. C.
In accordance with instruction!
at the meeting held in the Board o?
Trade rooms Thursday, March 14,
I am sending to Mr. Broadwatei
copy of the formal resolution drawr
by N. C. Commissioner of Mainte
nance D. H. Winslow, which th(
official road body of all the counties
along the route of the proposed ad
dition to the Dixie Highway, was
asked to sign and return at the
earliest possible date. We sincerely
hope that every one of the counties
will return the resolution properly
endorsed by not later than April 10.
Arrangements for the run and
log of the road during the week of
April 15 will be made at an early
date, and we hope that your county
and city will be represented in the
run into Savannah.
Will be glad to have the check
for ?25.00 from your county in or
der to meet the incidental expenses
connected with the campaign.
With the type of men interested
in the project, and the interest
3hown by them, we feel eure that
this matter will be carried through
to a successful conclusion at the
meeting of the Dixie Highway di
rectors the third Thursday in May.
Asheville will bt delighted to
iiave you on another visit.
Yours very truly,
All Farmers Preparing for Big
Food Crop. Loyally and
After the hardest winter since
18S0, spring has at last opened up
and the farmers are shoving their
farm work trying to put in an un
usually big provision crop and a
good size cotton crop. Losing the
oat crop is a pretty heavy blow, but
most of the farmers in this section'
sowed some oats in February ( and
March and fertilized them and with
favorable seasons from now on a/
good deal o? horse feed will be
made, though the grain won't be as
heavy as fall oats it will help out
wonderfully. It ia the first time we
have ever lost two grain crops in
succession. It looks now like the un
expected is what happens. The
wheat that was sown last fall is
looking promising nearly everyone
has a little sown. As far as we are
concerned we are willing to live on
corn bread and let our boys who
are fighting the German savages
have all the wheat if necessary.
Some of our people don't seem to
realize the responsibility upon us in
this war; seem to look upon it as
the other fellow's war, and all they
are required to do is to provide for
themselves, but when the boys from
all around us, our neighbors and ,
kin are leaving every week for the
training camps for what? To be
trained to go in the trenches in
France, and many of them to &ive
up their lives fighting for freedom
if America as well as for the rest
of the world. It seems that we who
ore disqualified by age or other
reasons ouarht to make any sacrifice
that we are called on to do and do
af cheerfully. Mr. Sherman must
: have had this war in mind when he
defined what it was.
Mr. W. P. Brun8on who has been
seriously sick for the last month is
able to ride out a little every day
now and is. slowly gaining his
. Miss Fannie Lou "Cheatham and
Miss Nettie Seigler Wbo are taking
a business course in Augu?ta?came
home Saturday the 'Jib on a visit to
Mr. N. D. Robertson who is mak
ing his home in Augusta now spent
ja few days last week with his
daughter, Mrs. Pearce Thomas.
Our school funds for the Brun
son sceool, which is being taught by
Miss Cathcart of Winnsboro, prin
cipal and Miss Lowrey from Ches
cer as assistant, were cut short this
time. So last week the trustees de
cided to try and raise some funds
from the patrons to supplement the
county funds and raised over 8100
in one evening. Not oniy all the pa
trons contributed but several of the
young men gave liberally. So by a
little bel]) from our county superin
tendent we will be able to run a lit
tle over two months longer than we
could without this, making the term
about 7 months. We hope this sum
mer to vote one more mill tax and
make our school a rural graded
school and run 8 months.
Measles have been with us for
two months. Mr. Steve Morgan had
seven in bed at once, as they got
better Mr. W. P. Brunsen had six
in bed at one time. They are all
better now. We have missed them
Some in this section made short
corn crops last year others made
good ones. We who were short are
are buying from those who made
good ones. So think we will be self
supporting. Don't think any will be
shipped in from other parts.
We have a fairly good Sunday
school at our school house every
Sunday. Rev. P. B. Lauham preach
es for us 2nd Sunday evening after
preaching at Gilgal in the morning.
Mr. Warren Reel took Misses
Cathcart and Lowrey tb Augusta
Saturday afternoon in his new Over
A large shipment of silk waists,
crepe-de-chine, georgette and other
kind of wash silk' waists arrived to
We have the largest and best se
lected stock in this neighborhood.
Visit our store and you will surely
find what you need for less than